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Talking With Uncommitted Voters
They are so uncommitted we easily gather them in under fluorescent lights in hotel conference rooms. We discuss their views, their leanings. How much they appreciate it when the candidate grins and says "Good question, Todd!" and "I'm very happy you asked that." Their own views on the issues are not firm. They could go either way. So they brighten when the candidate picks up his wireless mike and strides to the edge of the stage, making good eye contact. They are so uncommitted they're drawn helplessly toward the confident voice, the smiling blue suit, like frantic moths around the porch light someone left on by accident or design, it hardly matters, for either way, they'll be here in the morning, the uncommitted, clinging exhaustedly to the screen, wings folded tight.
Originally published in Presto (December 2008).
Today Two Things Happened
My dog sneezed on the sidewalk and a passing boy blessed him. I bought a new phone, but the first call was a woman asking for Kenny. Bless you, Kenny, if you ever read this. Somewhere a woman is looking for you.
©2021 David Graham
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